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Dr. Kuan Hon has reconstructed an authoritative and compelling history and analysis of a legal idea that simply doesn't make sense in the 21st century globalised IT landscape: the "data-location fixation".

How did a well-intentioned legislative tool, originally aimed against the sabotaging of EU data protection laws via offshoring of personal data operations to service providers located outside the European Economic Area, became not just ineffective but positively damaging in other ways?

Anyone who works with data in an international context knows that physical data-location in a country is not necessarily enough to give that country effective jurisdiction and sole power to apply its laws to that data. Kuan chose to dissect this area for her PhD because IT professionals and lawyers alike kept telling her that personal data “transfer” restrictions constituted the single most problematic, box-ticking, time-wasting data protection law issue that they’d had to wrestle with.

So, what should laws, policies and practices on data "transfers" look like to counter that misplaced assumption and better protect personal data?

Join BCS Law SG on March 23 and add your voice to the debate on how the profession can help redress data protection and GDPR's most egregious blind spot.


SPEAKER: Dr W. Kuan Hon


This event is online only - registration details are below..
18:30 – Short presentation by the speaker followed by audience Q&A on the key ideas of her recent book - Data Localization Laws and Policy

Extracts of the book are available at: https://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781786431967.xml
and reviews to date are linked to from: http://www.kuan0.com/publications.html

20:30 – Close



Dr Kuan Hon is an English solicitor and New York attorney currently focusing on data protection/security/information law, including the General Data Protection Regulation, the NIS Directive, the proposed ePrivacy Regulation, international transfers, and security/other data protection law breaches.

Additionally, she is an expert on all cloud computing legal issues and technical security matters. She joined Fieldfisher as a Director for Privacy, Security & Information in July 2017.

She was awarded an Honorary lifetime professional membership of the Cloud Industry Forum and currently serves as a i100 volunteer (part-time) at the UK National Cyber Security Centre, she has been a guest lecturer for Imperial College London (Department of Computing) since Apr 2018 and is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London until March 2020.

She became the editor of Sweet & Maxwell's Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy in 2017.


This is now an interactive online event -  we will be using the platform Zoom: simply click on the Zoom link next Monday, March 23 well before the broadcast start time of 18.30. 

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- this presentation is slides-intensive, so will work better on a good size screen than on a smartphone.

- the speaker's slideshow will last approximately one hour: 18.30-19.30 London time

- make a note of the slide number about which you have questions and then send any book-related questions via email to chiara.rustici@bcs.org.uk

- the speaker will address the audience' questions in our Q&A after a 15-minute comfort break: approximately 19.45 London time

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Data Localization: Privacy Laws' worst IT blunder? - Law Specialist Group
Date and time
Monday 23 March, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor
25 Copthall Avenue
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